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The Centre for Civil Society (CCS) is pleased to announce an eColloquium on Capitalism, Poverty and Inequality scheduled to take place on Sunday, 26th September 2021.
Terms like capitalism and inequality have become part of contemporary debates. However, their usage has more often than not been a case of loose interpretations. Capitalism not just as an economic system but a political order needs to be revisited in order to understand its historical underpinnings as well its relation with inequality and poverty. The eColloquium will provide a platform for an informed, historical, and nuanced discussion on these ideas through both classical works of thinkers like Ludwig Von Mises as well as more contemporary literature on social inequalities and the role of capitalism.
What is an eColloquium?
A CCS eColloquium is an online in-depth discussion centred on a chosen theme. The colloquium provides participants with an opportunity to disentangle themselves from the distractions of everyday life to reflect on issues of fundamental and enduring importance. Through this program, we create an environment where participants are encouraged to contribute to the discussions by sharing their understanding of the Readings. The eColloquium is also an endeavour to develop innovative ideas and approaches for the advancement of liberalism today.
Unlike a conventional conference, where one lectures and the audience listens, participants at the eColloquium explore a specific theme together by discussing a common Reader (curated collection of readings), that they read before the program. Their shared inquiry is guided by a moderator who encourages thinking, asks probing questions, keeps things moving, but does not indulge in one-way monologues, lectures and does not advocate her/his own personal biases and interpretation of the texts. The purpose of the discussions is not to convey doctrine or to drive home certain preconceived conclusions but to challenge participants to examine, refine, and develop their own ideas by engaging with others.
The discussions at the eColloquium follow a certain code of conduct. Participants are encouraged to listen attentively to the thoughts, concerns and questions of others to deepen their understanding of the issue and of each other.
How does it Work?
CCS will select 20 participants from a pool of applicants based on the merit of their application. All students, young professionals, policy enthusiasts as well as CCS' alumni are encouraged to apply.
The eColloquium reader will be shared with the participants two weeks prior to the date of the eColloquium. The reader is a set of articles, chapters from books, op-eds and blogs which are compiled together by CCS to articulate a flow in the reading. Participants are required to read and reflect on these texts carefully before the colloquium as it serves as the foundation for the discussions on the day of the program. Participants are responsible for the content of the discussions, thus the quality of the program depends entirely on their thorough preparation.
Date: 26th September 2021
Time: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm IST (Lunch break and other breaks between sessions)
Applications Deadline: 7th September 2021
Fee: Rs. 750/- (10% Discount to all CCS’ Alumni. The fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online)
Students, young professionals, policy enthusiasts and think-tank leaders are welcome to apply for the eColloquium. The applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and you are encouraged to apply as early as possible!
We provide a certificate of participation for those who successfully attend and contribute to the discussions in all the sessions during the eColloquium.
- What are the essential functions of the Government?
- What are our current Policy challenges?
- What is the role of Civil Society in public policy?
- What does a good policy look like?
To get the answers to these questions and more join at the epolicy for Young Leaders
epolicy for Young Leaders is a three-day online introductory certificate course, introducing students and young professionals to a liberal approach to public policy. Our aim is to provide you with a first look at public policy, with expert interaction, and an opportunity to network with the Centre for Civil Society’s alumni base of over 8,000 students and young professionals.
Come interact and learn with a diverse cohort from all over India over three days. epolicy has six live webinar sessions, group discussions, thought experiments, and policy games to provide you a truly holistic understanding of public policy.
We only accept 40 participants in each course. Applications selected on a rolling basis!
Dates: 11th, 12th, and 19th September 2021
Time: 10 AM to 4:30 PM on all days
Applications Deadline: 3rd September 2021
Fee: Rs. 2000 ( 10% early bird discount available)
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Rooted in the tradition of Austrian-born economists Carl Menger, Ludwig von Mises, and F.A. Hayek, “Austrian” economics is not a specific field within economics, nor is it a set of conclusions. It is an entirely different approach to understanding the social reality that dissents from the mainstream method, theory, and policy.
Austrian economics aims to understand society using realistic premises, instead of making unrealistic assumptions such as “perfect knowledge,” “perfect competition,” or “perfect governments.” It focuses on understanding dynamic social processes of coordination, learning, and discovery ubiquitous in a world of constant change, rather than stressing on static models. And most essentially, Austrian economics views human beings as unique, conscious, choosing agents, not as undifferentiated data to be aggregated or manipulated mathematically or politically.
The AES will illustrate the fundamental theoretical insights of the Austrian school of economics in an introductory way and show the usefulness of these insights in terms of their relevance to creating either prosperity and freedom or poverty and oppression in India
About Austrian Economics Seminar Details:
AES is a 3 week advanced epolicy certificate course on the fundamentals of the Austrian school of economics. The live classes will be conducted between 9:30am and 6:30 pm on weekends only, in the month of August 2021. Only 30 participants will be selected based on the answers in the application form(link below). The course will be entirely conducted online on Zoom and an e-certificate will be provided to the successful* candidates.
Takeaways for the Scholars :
- A comprehensive learning experience with experts around the world/li>
- e-Certificate and value addition to the CV
- Opportunity to connect, deliberate and learn with scholars across country
- Access to CCS’ alumni network of 11,000+ young leaders
Applications Open: 25th June 2021
Application Deadline: 27thJuly 2021
Program Date: 7th - 28th August 2021
Time: 9:30am to 6:30pm on on weekends
Course fee: 2,999/- (the course fee is payable upon selection; registration is free of cost)
10% early bird scholarship available if you apply between 25 June - 4 July 2021
MOOC on Liberalism in India: Battle of Ideologies, is an attempt by the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) and The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) to give you an understanding of liberal values in a structured manner.
This is the first attempt of its kind and includes perspectives on different aspects of liberal values such as social, political, cultural and economic.
This course will provide you will;
- A systematic and deeper understanding of the fundamentals of liberal values;
- Understanding of philosophical foundations that shape ideologies which reflects the course of political action;
- Ability to apply liberal values in different aspects of life such as personal, social, economic, and political etc;
- Ability to rationalize, synthesize and articulate ideas and actions from a liberal perspective;
- Understanding the role of a state and rights of citizens from a liberal perspective;
- Understanding of foundations, evolution, and future of liberalism in India;
- Ability to understand the impact of controlled/liberalized economy with reference to nationalization, license permit quota system, and collective farming;
- Identifying visible changes in Indian cinema and sports with a change in economic management; and
- Understanding policy ecosystem impacting life and livelihood of citizens.
The course is divided into five comprehensive modules each with its own assessments. The overall engagement duration is roughly 25-30 hours which can be self-paced over the duration of the course.
COURSE IS LIVE
MODULE 1: FOUNDATIONS OF LIBERAL VALUES IN INDIA
- Liberal values in Indian society
- Religious, cultural and social foundation of liberalism
- Hinduism as a liberal framework
- The idea of a liberal state in Indian society
- Role of philosophical foundations in shaping ideologies
MODULE 2: LIBERTY AND INDIAN SOCIETY
- Individual freedom and caste
- Gender justice and sexuality
- Freedom of speech and media
- Liberal ideas and Indian cinema
- Liberalism in sports and its impact
MODULE 3: LIBERAL VALUES IN INDEPENDENT INDIA
- Liberal values and the constitution of India
- Socialism vs constitutionalism
- Politics, elections and liberal values
- India's administrative system
- 'Swatantra Part' and its role in Indian politics
- Emergency and the key lessons derived
MODULE 4: ECONOMIC LIBERALIZATION IN INDIA
- Central planning and its relevance
- Economic freedom and morality of the market
- Policy framework and its implication on livelihood
- Liberalism and the informal economy
- Economic reform and changes in Indian cinema
MODULE 5: FUTURE OF LIBERALISM IN INDIA
- Scope for liberal practice in politics
- Ways to expansion democracy
- Equality and liberty in changing Indian society
- Qualitative and quantitative changes in sports
- Radical liberal ideas for revolutionizing change
About the Program
The Fake New Conference (FNC) aims to bring together 30 students and young professionals with policy and domain experts, and leading liberal thought-leaders to dialogue on the state of the media, the limits of disinformation, misinformation and fake news, and an in-depth practical workshop on fact checking.
The conference is conceptualised as an online, in-depth discussion, dialogue, and workshop on fake news and fact-checking. It provides participants with an opportunity to disentangle themselves from the distractions of everyday life to reflect on issues of fundamental and enduring importance. Participants will be expected to share their advanced understandings of the relationship between disinformation, public policy and regulatory frameworks, and personal freedoms and human rights to develop innovative ideas and approaches for bringing specific policy solutions to advance liberal perspectives in media regulation today.
Apply now to register for the 1-day workshop Conference on Fake News, organized by Centre for Civil Society in collaboration with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF). The course will be entirely conducted online on Zoom and an e-certificate will be issued after all the conditions are fulfilled.
Applications Open: 21st October 2020
Application Deadline: 25th November 2020
Program Date: 29th November 2020
Time: 12:00 PM to 04:30 PM
Course fee: Rs 500/- (the fee is payable upon selection and has to be made online)
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About the Sessions and Speakers
Session 1: Introduction to Fake News Speaker: HR Venkatesh, Director, Training and Research, BOOM Factcheck
About the session: This 1.5-hour session will provide an exhaustive introduction to the concept of Fake News, contemporary debates surrounding it, why is it important to discern Fake News, and a glossary of terminology using interactive slides and activities. The objective of this session is to equip participants with a toolkit to granularly deconstruct fake news and comprehend its implications on society and public policy.
Session timing: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Session 2: Workshop on Fact-checking
Speaker: Nivedita Niranjankumar, Deputy News Editor (South), BOOMLive
About the session: The impact of disinformation and fake news on media institutions is a general loss of credibility of and trust in them. Journalists need to earn that trust back and need to continually work towards building trust in media. How can they do that? Fact-checking, which is becoming more and more prominent, can help in this effort. What tools and techniques do fact-checkers use to determine the legitimacy of a news story? This 2-hour session will provide a practical lesson – through screen-sharing – on what the tricks of the trade are. Once completed, participants will be equipped to fact check news stories for themselves!
November 30 2020
12:00 pm - 01:30 pm
An Introduction to Fake News
An introduction to the concept of Fake News, contemporary debates surrounding it, why is it important to discern Fake News, and a glossary of terminology.
01:30 pm - 02:15 pm
02:15 pm - 04:15 pm
Workshop on Fact Checking
The impact of disinformation and fake news on media institutions is a general loss of credibility of and trust in them. Journalists need to earn that trust back and need to continually work towards building trust in media. How can they do that? Data Journalism, which is becoming more and more prominent, can both help and hinder in this effort. How can journalists use the Right to Information laws in India? And in what way can secret sources/whistleblowers be protected from retaliation?
04:15 pm - 04:30 pm
Closing and Way Forward
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